Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Time to get your 12-year-old a photo ID to fly him to Grandma’s?

It looks like a “yes,” if the Department of Homeland Silliness Security has its way:

The proposed new rules, which are currently open for public comments, would require that:

1. All would be international travelers to or from the USA (even US citizens crossing the U.S.-Canada border on foot) would have to have government-issued ID credentials
2. All would-be passengers on international or domestic flights to, from, over, via, or within the U.S. would have to have both government-issued ID credentials and explicit case-by-case prior permission from the DHS to the airline to allow each passenger to board a plane.

The proposed rules would enforce the requirements for papers and permits through default provisions that would:

1. Require all air travelers to show their papers (”government-issued photo ID”) to airline staff on request of the DHS, under penalty of denial of transportation.
2. Forbid any airline from issuing a boarding pass to anyone, or allowing them to board a plane, unless and until the airline received individual permission (a “cleared message”) authorizing that airline to allow that specific person on that specific flight.

I don’t see anything about “exceptions for juveniles.”